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Sharing releases, present and past, to brighten your day. WXXI Classical has its eyes and ears on the latest releases from classical artists working today. When we come across a story or a release we think you might enjoy, we’ll be sharing it with you on CD Spotlight. You’ll learn more about the artists online at WXXI Classical, and you’ll hear selections from these artists on FM 91.5. CD Spotlight shares new releases by artists that you’ll want to know and some by great artists and ensembles that deserve to be in the spotlight again.

CD Spotlight: Soulscapes 2 by Maria Corley

Cover Soulscapes 2 by Maria Corley
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Cover of Soulscapes 2 by Maria Corley

It was in the midst of the pandemic, and Jamaican-born pianist/composer/author Dr. Maria Corley had some time on her hands. A fellow pianist reached out to her, offering to help with any new projects, and the seed was planted. Having released Soulscapes, a collection of works by Black women composers, on Albany Records in 2006, Dr. Corley decided it was time to return to the theme. The result: Soulscapes 2, a dynamic assortment of piano pieces by Black women composers from around the world. Some of the names may be familiar to you: Florence Price, Tania León, and Mary Lou Williams. But names that are perhaps lesser known are in the mix as well: Eleanor Alberga from Jamaica, Errollyn Wallen from Belize, Ethiopian nun Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, and others. You’ll even hear compositions by Dr. Corley.

It’s an eclectic assortment, ranging from soulful to slightly spiky, reflecting a range of music and musicians not readily found in the traditional stacks of classical CDs. Dr. Corley has given us a beautiful gift that expands our musical language, and opening Soulscapes 2 is sure to give you pleasure.

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A Strong Memorial baby and Greece Arcadia grad, Julia Figueras is the Music Director and mid-day host for WXXI-FM. She is also the producer and host for the award-winning monthly interview/performance show, Backstage Pass.